PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Greg Schiano ran his group out of the tunnel in entrance of a sellout crowd at SHI Stadium, like he’d carried out so many instances earlier than throughout his 13 years because the Rutgers coach.
Taking part in in entrance of followers for the primary time since his extremely anticipated return to Piscataway in December of 2019, issues didn’t go as deliberate. The 55-year-old coach led his group down the tunnel, veered proper and fell to the turf after colliding with a TV cameraperson.
“That was the low level of the day,” Schiano stated. “In order that was good.”
Aron Cruickshank had a career-high 206 all-purpose yards, the particular groups made huge performs, the protection was stifling and the offense managed the sport as Rutgers opened the season with a 61-14 win over Temple on Saturday.
Rutgers scored over 60 factors for the primary time since 2016, and first time in opposition to an FBS opponent since 2008.
Noah Vedral was 15-of-27 passing for 138 yards and a landing for Rutgers. He additionally had a team-high 58 yards on eight rushes.
Cruickshank returned 4 kicks for 113 yards and two punts for 55 yards, and he carried it thrice for twenty-four and caught one go for 14.
Adam Korsak pinned Temple at its personal 1-yard line on a 56-yard punt, organising a sack in the long run zone by Olakunle Fatukasi to provide Rutgers a 2-0 lead simply over three minutes into the sport. Cruickshank had a 57-yard return on the free kick to arrange a 25-yard area aim by Valentino Ambrosio for a 5-0 lead.
Late within the first quarter, Rutgers cornerback Tre Avery intercepted a go by D’Wan Mathis and returned it 20 yards to the Temple 2-yard line. Johnny Langan punched it in on the following play for a 12-0 lead. On the following kickoff, Jamier Wright-Collins brought on De’Von Fox to fumble, organising one other Langan landing — this time for 1-yard — to make it 19-0.
Fatukasi brought on a fumble on a third and 6 to place Rutgers on Temple’s 22-yard line and Kyle Monangai scored his first collegiate landing for 26-0.
Temple put its first factors on the board on an 11-yard landing run by Edward Saydee, arrange by a 38-yard go from Mathis to Jose Baron.
Mathis scored on a 3-yard run to make it 26-14 after the primary drive of the third quarter. Nonetheless, Mathis went to the medical tent to get his left ankle taped, and exited the sport shortly after, going 8-of-24 for 148 yards and an interception.
“Once they got here out and scored to begin the second half — I’ve been doing this a very long time and I knew that was a pivotal time for this soccer group to see what we did,” Schiano stated. “Had been we going to take the momentum of this recreation or was this going to go right down to the top and be determined by a area aim?”
Rutgers would run away.
Bo Melton took a brief go 40 yards for a landing to provide Rutgers a 33-14 lead. Melton’s youthful brother, Max, would choose off Justin Lynch on the following possession and return it 46 yards for a rating.
“That was loopy,” Bo stated. “That was my second. I actually don’t care about my landing. I actually care about his extra simply because I do know the laborious work that we put in going in opposition to one another each single day, and to see the laborious work repay. ”
Temple completed with simply 261 whole yards and 5 turnovers.
“It was dangerous as we might presumably play,” Temple coach Rod Carey stated. “5 turnovers on the day. Noticed them 26 and climbed our manner again into it and gave up some extra on some straightforward stuff. Not something optimistic out of that in all three phases and bought to get again to work and repair them.”